Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Knowing where you came from

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

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Podcast

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November 20, 2017

AudioHelicase: Whitehead’s Sebastian Lourido on Toxoplasma, malaria parasites, and global health.

Whitehead Member Sebastian Lourido studies a group of parasites called the Apicomplexa. These single-celled organisms are among the most common pathogens and are capable of causing devastating diseases in humans and animals, including toxoplasmosis, malaria, and infant diarrhea.


events

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Whitehead Connects presents Jim Simons on November 30

Dr. James H. Simons's presentation, "Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck", will be followed by a networking session. Simons is the chairman of the Simons Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

In the News

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November 16, 2017

Of highways, engines, and chromosomes

Whitehead researchers unravel fundamental molecular machinery that propels chromosome movement

 


 

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KEY NUTRIENT SENSOR IDENTIFIED FOR CELLULAR PATHWAY LINKING NUTRIENT AVAILABILITY TO CELL GROWTH

NOVEMBER 9, 2017

Whitehead Member David Sabatini has identified the methionine sensor in the mTOR pathway, which is a crucial metabolic pathway in cells. His work provides interesting data suggesting that the anti-aging and anti-diabetes effects of low methionine and mTOR inhibition may be connected.

Featured

TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT WHITEHEAD Institute/MIT

Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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SMALL WORM MUSCLES UP TO REVEAL ANCIENT BODY PATTERNING MECHANISM DURING REGENERATION

OCTOBER 30, 2017

Whitehead Member Peter Reddien has determined that a major function of muscle in planaria and acoels--a small regenerative marine worm auspiciously located on the evolutionary tree as an outgroup to all the rest of the Bilateria--is to serve as the source of instructive positional information for instructing regeneration.

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